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Protect Yourself From New Car Fumes

Love that new car smell? It's actually noxious chemicals.
By Katie Sullivan
January/February 2008
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Love that leathery, plasticky smell nostalgically associated with a new car? It's actually outgasing noxious chemicals, which drivers and passengers inhale.

Vehicle violation: The average American spends 1.5 hours a day in the car. In a new vehicle, drivers and passengers breathe concentrated doses of noxious chemicals from the materials used to make steering wheels, dashboards, carpet, armrests, seat cushions, sealants and trim.

Chemical rap sheet: Exposure to automotive chemicals—such as bromine (from fire retardants in cushion foam), chlorine (from plasticizers and polyvinyl chloride, or PVC) and heavy metals—could cause allergic reactions or even long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and cancer.

Safe for kids: Children’s car seats contain many of the same toxic chemicals. Parents can investigate more than 60 tested child seats at Healthy Car to find which model is safest. (Note: Always use a child car seat, no matter what chemical rating it received.)

Odor eliminator: Healthy Car provides vehicle analysis of more than 200 popular new vehicles so buyers know which have the lowest and highest chemical ratings.
A safer ride: Other ways to limit your toxic chemical exposure:

• Park in the shade and crack the windows. Heat exposure releases chemicals; the more air flow through the vehicle, the better.

• Install a carbon air filter in your car.

• Buy a slightly older car. The concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) generally declines over time—tenfold within a few months after manufacture. However, flame-retardant chemicals in foam cushions release more bromine with age.

• Choose cloth-covered seats. Healthy Car tests reveal that most leather seats actually have vinyl on the sides and back. Vinyl contains outgasing chemicals called phthalates.

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5/10/2014 6:49:43 AM
A very import part is discussed here and I am very much thankful to the author of this post for giving us knowledge regarding the same. Yes, inside vehicle we inhale the gas that is going to create problem for us. Just think one thing with cars and other vehicles we have danger in all way because, inside the vehicle the chemical gas will harm us and the carbon dioxide gas that gets out of the vehicle during its run is causing environment pollution. So, we people have to stay updated about such new things and about such harming effects. For better understanding we can go for a good repair center respective to our car and can get sufficient knowledge about it. Also, if we go for a good servicing and repair center we can get better servicing as well as repair for our car.

3/1/2014 8:22:26 AM
Good information about the car use and what type of problems face when use the car. In the new car you can get the all things new and there are some chemicals add in some materials and those are create problem for the health and the baby so for avoiding these type of problems follow the following instructions.

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